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The Peninsula blog is a project of the Korea Economic Institute. It is designed to provide a wide ranging forum for discussion of the foreign policy, economic, and social issues that impact the Korean peninsula.

"Bitter Missiles and Economic Needs": Cuba, North Korea and the Weaponry Seizure in the Panama Canal

August 7, 2013
By José Luis León-Manríquez To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, the song is not surprising and has been played more than once: the DPRK is a well-known exporter of weapons. Yet…

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New Satellite Photos of North Korea – Likely Still Working on Missiles

Nicholas Hamisevicz
July 23, 2013
By Nicholas Hamisevicz New satellite photos of a North Korean missile site have just been released. The analyses of the photos from the initial reports suggest that North Korea has…

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South Korea’s National Assembly and the Issue of Household Debt

July 19, 2013
The rising household debt in Korea is a critical issue and a clear symbol of its importance was the high level of government officials testifying at the hearing.

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A Politicization of Intelligence: Policy and Intelligence

July 17, 2013
By Jinho Park An intense political debate is currently taking place in South Korea on reforming the National Intelligence Service (NIS). The current controversy over intelligence reform is somewhat unique…

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Are China and the United States Converging in Their Treatment of North Korea?

June 11, 2013
Obama and Xi agreed to continue to pressure North Korea on its nuclear ambitions at their recent summit, but how far is China willing to go?

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No One in Japan Likes North Korea

Troy Stangarone
June 7, 2013
By Troy Stangarone Last week we looked at the results of a recent BBC survey of international perceptions of South Korea’s influence. The same survey asked people around the world…

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Who Has More International Influence, Psy or Kim Jong-un?

Troy Stangarone
May 30, 2013
By Troy Stangarone With K-Pop finally making its global breakout with Psy’s international smash hit Gangnam Style, one might have expected there to be a residual effect on how people…

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Is North Korea Finally Ready To Talk?

Troy Stangarone
May 24, 2013
After December’s satellite launch, February’s nuclear test, and months of talk of war, is North Korea finally beginning to turn the corner in the first full scale crisis under Kim Jong-un?

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